New Orleans East and 9th Ward
The communities east of the Industrial Canal have been totally neglected for far too long. Police response times are unacceptable, blight is awful, and shopping options are limited to non-existent. As Mayor, I will lead the revitalization of East New Orleans. I will identify significant parcels necessary to migrate jobs to the portion of the city with the most land…the East. I will re-open Jazzland Theme park with an added water attraction. I will redevelop Lincoln Beach. I will redevelop the Lake Forest Shopping Center site to a new regional shopping venue. And, I will strongly encourage and seek funding to encourage Dillard University and Xavier University to collectively form the 4th Historically Black Medical School in the nation based at the New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH).
I will also provide residential incentives to cluster rebuild in the Lower 9th Ward. This will stimulate controlled growth instead of scattered development. I will identify and encourage retailers to build based on specific cluster development milestones being satisfied.